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Cairo campus set on fire amid deadly protest

An Islamist student has been killed and two buildings torched after supporters of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood clashed with Egyptian police at a Cairo university

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Cairo campus set on fire amid protest

An Al-Azhar University student supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo earlier today. Credit: REUTERS/stringer

University buildings have been torched and one student killed as supporters of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police at the Cairo campus of Al-Azhar University, state media reported.

State-run newspaper Al-Ahram said that security forces fired teargas to disperse pro-Brotherhood students who were preventing their classmates from entering university buildings to take exams.

Riot police officers walk in the foreground as students of Al-Azhar University stand on top of a building within the university's campus. Credit: Reuters/stringer

Protesters threw rocks at police and set tyres on fire to counter the teargas. Al-Ahram quoted a health ministry official as saying that one student had been killed and five injured.

The violence followed clashes across the country on Friday in which at least five people died.

Two college buildings caught fire in Saturday's violence. State TV broadcast footage of black smoke billowing from the faculty of commerce building and said "terrorist students" had set the agriculture faculty building on fire as well.

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